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Qantas Airways test run world's longest flight route

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Trial flights to begin later this year 
August 22, 2019
Staff reporter
Sydney, Australia: Qantas Airways is expected to test run services of its planned 19-hour non-stop flights to determine whether passengers and crew can withstand the marathon journeys.
Qantas wants to operate from the route to Sdydney passing London and to New York as soon as 2022.
If successful, the services would be the world's longest direct flights.
The trial flights will begin later this year, each carrying up to 40 passengers who will have their health monitored on the journey.
Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said direct flights from the east coast of Australia to London and New York represented the "final frontier in aviation".
"Ultra-long haul flying presents a lot of common sense questions about the comfort and wellbeing of passengers and crew", said Joyce in a statement.
It will conduct three test flights and participants - made up of crew and Qantas employees - will be fitted with wearable technology devices.
Sleep patterns, along with food and beverage consumption, will be tracked to determine the impact on health and the body clock.
The flights will run on Boeing 787-9s. The airline said it would make a decision on whether to start the flights by the end of the year.
Last modified onThursday, 22 August 2019 12:54